Zipped files makes running series unopenable

March 17, 2011 at 19:24:33
Specs: Windows XP
If I click on an email attachment with zipped jpeg pictures it creates a running series of files across the bar at top and will not stop. I must turn off the computer to stop them. It does this both in Firefox and Internet Explorer (which sometimes works).

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March 18, 2011 at 00:56:01
Zipped jpeg files should make you wonder how legit these attachments are... or the sender. Time to have a little chat with this sender. It may turn out the sender is legit, but not that smart.

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March 18, 2011 at 01:51:18
Time to run some antivirus and malware scans. Highly likely your system is now infected

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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March 18, 2011 at 10:01:09
It is not always the best idea to click to open attachments. Better to save attachments into a folder. That way you can virus check them first if you have the right click option.
All the jpg's will then be extracted into the folder rather than into email.

A similar argument applies to downloads in IE. Going for "Run" is not always the best or most sensible option. Installing stuff while your browser is running can cause issues. Saving them to a folder gives you much better control.

I agree with the sentiments that there is no space reduction by sending jpg's in a zip but that might have been to avoid the inconvenience of a stack of jpg files appearing in email, ie. so that you could save the zip and open it elsewhere (like I said earlier).

Modern thinking seems to be that all downloads and attachments should be Run or Opened, either that or be placed all over the desktop. Saving to pre-made empty folders is often the better choice.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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March 18, 2011 at 12:50:07
Thank you very much for all your assistance! I came to "computing" late and have much to learn. I appreciate the time and effort you took to help me.

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